LUCIENNE 'DOCTOR'S VINEYARD' PINOT NOIR 2018, Santa Lucia Highlands
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93pts Wine Enthusiast. Nicky and Gaby Hahn, founders of Hahn Family Wines came to the Santa Lucia Highlands in the late 1970s when the Swiss-born couples' passion for wine became a way of life. Renowned in the California wine industry the Hahn's' have built relationships over their decades with small family owned vineyards. In 1980, they decided to purchase some sites to start their own winery. They chose former horse and cattle ranches in the highlands of Monterey County that are located just above the Salinas Valley in California's rugged Central Coast appellation. These ranches had been recently transformed into premium vineyards so this was an ideal site for what they had envisioned. The first sites purchased were for Smith & Hook. Over the years after crafting multiple vintages of their own estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, the climate started to change and they realized that both the Hook Vineyard and the Smith Vineyard would be better suited for producing Pinot Noir. Over time they purchased more sites and in 1990 they planted the Doctor's Vineyard. At 243 acres, Doctor's is located in the middle stretch of land near the center of Santa Lucia Highlands. Thanks to Nicky's leadership in the winemaking industry, Santa Lucia Highlands was awarded AVA Status in 1991. All of their vineyard sites are certified sustainable. In 2007 their son Philip took over as Chairman of Hahn Family Wines and sadly Nicky passed away in 2018 but the next generation is ready to go!! Aromas of ripe blackberry, raspberry, and cherry with nuances of sage, clover, and warm earth lead into a silky palate of baked red fruit, toasty oak, and wild cherry. The lingering finish is both long and smooth with smoky vanilla and baking spices this is both bright and deep. Enjoy on its own or pair with roasted veggies, a charcuterie board with creamy and smoky cheeses, and any spicy dishes!!
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